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Bowers Bridge Road Bridge


Bowers Bridge Road

I went to photograph today and discovered it is gone.


BH Photo #191269


FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The single span, 92'-long, pin-connected metal Pratt thru truss bridge built in 1889 is supported on stone abutments. The truss is composed of built-up compression members and eye bar tension members. The hangers in the end panels, originally double-looped, have been replaced by single-looped hangers. Rolled section floorbeams carry steel stringers and an open steel grid deck placed in 1954. Earlier railings have been replaced by channel section railings. The alterations have resulted in some loss of original fabric, but the bridge retains over all integrity of original design. The bridge is a historically and technologically significant example of its type/design by an important late-19th-century fabricator. The Wrought Iron Bridge Co. was among the best known and most successful bridge fabricators to market and popularize the pin-connected truss designs for highway applications.


Lost through truss bridge over Little Conewago Creek on Bowers Bridge Road
York County, Pennsylvania
Repalced by concrete slab
Built 1889 by Wrought Iron Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1954
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 91.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08759, -76.72736   (decimal degrees)
40°05'15" N, 76°43'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/352737/4438909 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
York Haven
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
PA 66 7207 0940 3193 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 46224 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31857 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 95.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description
  • November 1, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed status
  • December 31, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Bridge has been replaced :-(
  • October 30, 2010: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected GPS Coords



Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, if $50 is all it takes, I will be nominating my tool shed - once I get it parked over the creek that is.

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Well, I had to know: Why is something this plain given an award?

I found the award list and the way I read it, this thing was nominated but was not an actual winner. Reading the nomination form, it appears anyone with $50 can nominate a bridge.

Some of the other nominations are actually interesting and/or attractive solutions. I still don't see anything outstanding about this new bridge.

Award list:


Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2012, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Yes indeed, most definitely a POOP QUAKE!

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2012, by Matt Lohry

This calls for a revival of one of the best phrases ever....POOP QUAKE! (Thanks, Wayne!)

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's been a while, so... I got your reward right here!

(Todd Baslee Photo)

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

What was the replacement bridge's achievement and why was it deemed "outstanding?" I fail to see anything unique or noteworthy about a 90 foot spread box beam bridge.

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2012, by br dsgnr (jpatil46 [at] aol [dot] com)

York County Bridge 193 Honored

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:00 am

York, PA — York County’s Bridge No. 193 has been awarded the Association for Bridge Construction and Design's Outstanding Achievement Award in the Short Span Bridge category. The award was presented on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the awards dinner meeting held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel located in Harrisburg, PA.

Owned by York County, Bridge No. 193 is a 90’ single span, pre-stressed concrete spread box beam structure located over Little Conewago Creek at a “T” intersection between Conewago and East Manchester Townships. It replaced a one-lane wrought iron through-truss bridge that was erected at the site in 1889. The new bridge offers improved approaches, a wider deck to safely accommodate two-way traffic, and a longer span to allow for improved stream flow. C.S. Davidson, Inc. completed design of the bridge replacement which was funded with federal, state and local monies. The project was completed in October 2010.

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted November 1, 2011, by J (jlphoto70 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Then you will not be happy about Bairs Mill Bridge either.

The old spans are becoming a real danger, barley 1 lane, component failure, pack rust, ect........

Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 31, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Bowers Bridge Road Bridge
Posted December 31, 2010, by Christopher Fisher (cfisher [at] mailbag [dot] com)

And of course, like most modern UCEBs, it has the ever-practical, ever-pragmatic "Jersey barrier" side railings. Ain't they sexy-NOT! :(